Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Fearmongers 4; Reason 0

That's the score on the homophobe issues in California, Florida, Arizona, and Arkansas (adoption).

California Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage (84% of precincts counted):
4,605,065 - 51.8%

4,293,068 - 48.2%

I talked to my nephew last night. He voted no but his mother, my sister, voted yes (and had a Yes on Prop 8 yard sign).


A thought - Those who supported measures like this thinking they were defending marriage actually just degraded it by saying some people can tell others whom they may and may not marry.

I want to be furious but I am overwhelmingly sad that so many people can be misled by the loud, repeated, insistent lies and distortions of some.

As for the liars.... well, you know.

Thou shalt not bear false witness
--the BB


Wormwood's Doxy said...

I can only imagine how painful it is to know that your own flesh and blood will support those that hate you. Prayers for you, your family, and all those in similar circumstances.

I am both overwhelmingly sad AND furious.


susankay said...

Even in a time of joy -- mourning.

David said...

Even here in Montreal I'm aching for our brother and sisters in CA.

Last night your country reached and passed wondrous milestone- and now finds itself with a leader in the wings who is a person of remarkable intelligence, humanity and grace.

But once again, we, God's LGBT sons and daughters get left out in the cold, and my deep sadness tinges my joy for your country.

Taking heart from the civil rights struggle, I know this only means we have to become even smarter, clearer in our message, more articulate in our theology and more capable in dealing with the bullies of religious imperialism.

Perhaps its the luxuary of living in a country where all LGBT have full protection of the law, and whose marriages have been legal for a decade, but the 'protection of marriage' has always struck me as being a little like arguing for the protection of slavery because the masters were mentally or physicaly deficient. Delaying segregation because some folks were having trouble getting their prejudice-bound minds around the idea of equality? Absurb!

A marriage needing protection is in need of a good priest or therapist, not a regime of hate-filled priviledge.

But then you and I both know that already, my friend, don't we?


it's margaret said...

Hi Paul. I'm sorry about your sister. She says and heaves a great sigh. But still feels that glimmer of unexpected hope....

Paul said...

Thanks for the kind words, folks. The struggle continues.

Jane R said...

I am so sad about the California news. And angry, too. I grieve with you, Paul. We will not give up the struggle for human dignity.

Pagan Sphinx said...

We're very sad here. My daughter is grief-striken. I don't know what else to say that won't sound angry and bitter.

Paul said...

Dear Gina,
I am so sorry that your daughter's fresh joy should be marred by this. I hope she and her wife will be able to settle into the reality that, during a moment of rationality and liberty in California, they were able to wed legally. That is an amazing thing. And no matter what laws say, their love and commitment are real and will bear fruit.

Cyberhugs to your whole family!